Baby capybara video: Adorable giant rodents at the San Diego Zoo (VIDEO).

These Baby Capybaras Will Make You Rethink Your Feelings Toward Giant Rodents (Video)

These Baby Capybaras Will Make You Rethink Your Feelings Toward Giant Rodents (Video)

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Sept. 18 2015 11:15 AM

The World’s Largest Rodent Is Also the Cutest

Meet the San Diego Zoo’s new baby capybaras.

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It’s official: giant rodents can be cute. We know what you’re thinking: Subway rats are disgusting, unnaturally large subterranean creatures, and no amount of soap or Disney magic could convince you otherwise. And this is true. But we’re not talking about rats, we’re talking about capybaras—specifically, baby capybaras—and they’re freaking adorable.

Don’t believe us? Watch the video above. In it, the San Diego Zoo’s resident newborn capybaras undergo their first medical exam and get acclimated to their new surroundings. Native to South and Central America, the world’s largest rodents can often be found near riverbanks, as access to water is essential to their way of life. They’re also—despite their rodent classification—really, really sweet. Honestly, look at those little guys.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate writer and producer.